Athlete’s Foot Treatment
What to know about Tinea Pedis:
- It is dermatophytosis of the feet, occurring on the skin between the toes
- Caused by one of the dermatophytes, usually a species of Trichophyton or Epidermophyton
- Warm, dark, and humid environment (like the feet inside shoes) encourages fungus growth
- The disease consists of small vesicles, cracks, scaling, cuts, and eroded areas in between the toes and on the bottom of the foot
- If left untreated it may spread to other areas of the skin
Risk factors for Athlete’s Foot:
- Wet socks and warm feet are the ideal environments for the fungi to grow in.
- Thick, tight shoes are risk factors for athlete’s foot because this fungus thrives in tight, warm, moist conditions.
- Plastic shoes are also risk factors for athlete’s foot because they heat and moisten the feet more than shoes made from other materials, such as leather.
- Athlete’s foot can be spread through direct (skin to skin contact) and/or indirect (skin to surface or object) contact.
- Athlete’s foot commonly spreads around swimming pools and communal showers at the gym.
- Just as with other diseases, people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk.
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Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot:
- Dry skin
- Pain and/or swelling
- Itching and/or burning
- Scaling or cracking of the skin
- Blisters of the skin
Prevention of Athlete’s Foot:
- Nails should be clipped short and kept clean.
- Wash feet daily with soap, especially between the toes.
- Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms (wear sandals or shoes)
- Wear shower shoes in public or shared showers
- Reduce perspiration by using effective antiperspirants like talcum power
- Wear light shoes that are comfortable and not too tight
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change them frequently if you sweat heavily
Tips to Control Athlete’s Foot:
- Keep feet clean, dry, and cool.
- Avoid using swimming pools, public showers, or foot baths.
- Wear sandals when possible or air shoes out by alternating them every 2-3 days.
- Avoid wearing closed shoes and wearing socks made from fabric that doesn’t dry easily (for example, nylon).
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